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Ofsted Inspection Report

14th January 2014

We're pleased to confirm the results of our full Ofsted Inspection in December 2013. The company received an overall grade 2 (good) with outstanding features.

The full inspection results and some key comments are shown below;

Overall - 2

'Staff provide high levels of advice, guidance and support which help learners overcome their personal barriers to learning and make good progress'.

'The strong promotion of equality and diversity encourages and supports learners from disadvantaged groups to enter training'.

Outcomes for learners - 2

'Success rates for learners on foundation learning programmes have remained significantly above national rates'.

'Learners develop very good practical skills to the commercial and industrial standards required by employers'.

'Many learners at Nova arrive with significant barriers to learning or disrupted education. They quickly recognise the importance of English, mathematics and ICT to their future employability and enjoy their learning. They improve their self confidence and ability to work with others'.

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment - 2

'Learners receive outstanding personal support. Initial assessment is thorough, and clearly identifies learners' individual needs'.

'Learners on Study Programmes also benefit from the wide range of work experience taster options available to them in different areas'.

'Staff promote equality and diversity very effectively. They foster good relationships and mutual respect within their learner groups'.

Effectiveness of leadership and management - 2

'The Directors and Senior Managers set and implement clear, realistic and ambitious strategies that improve performance, develop skills for the workplace and engage employers'.

'Nova has assiduously developed a network of programme centres strategically located in the heart of deprived communities across the West Midlands'.

'Managers have developed a highly extensive network of strategic partnerships, with excellent employer links that respond well to local and national initiatives and provide good quality work placements and apprenticeship employment opportunities'.

'Managers measure staff performance rigorously throughout the year against demanding business and quality indicators'.

'Self -assessment is thorough and self-critical'.

'Subcontracting arrangements are well managed and performance regularly reviewed'.

'Learning programmes are well planned and respond well to the needs of the learners, employers and local and national priorities. Nova's recent study programme provides learners with a particularly coherent and flexible curriculum'.

'The promotion of equality and diversity is very strong'.

'Safeguarding arrangements are thorough and applied rigorously. Learners feel safe and are exceptionally well supported by empathetic and caring staff. Managers have developed excellent links with a range of partners and agencies, including the youth offending team, social services and the local authority, to ensure a coordinated approach to supporting the needs of learners who are at risk and to help other vulnerable learners'. 

16-18 Study Programmes and Traineeships - 2

'High achievement rates on foundation programmes over the past three years. A substantial number of learners achieve their main objectives and progress on to positive destinations'.

'Experienced tutors plan skillfully to address the needs of learners with widely varying abilities. Tutors deliver varied and stimulating activities which give learners good opportunities to engage in relevant practical tasks'.

'The quality of personal support for learners is outstanding. This creates mutual trust and gives learners a strong sense of belonging'.

'Equality and diversity are promoted very effectively throughout the programme'.

Apprenticeships in vehicle repair - 2

'Tutors with significant industry experience plan sessions well to meet the needs and interests of learners'.

'Training centres provide equipment to industry standard comparable to modern independent garages'.

'Learners benefit from well-contextualised functional skills sessions and make good progress in English,mathematics and ICT.

Apprenticeships in business administration - 2

'Tutors support learners very effectively to improve their English within the vocational context of customer service and business administration. The strong support for functional skills helps learners make significant progress from often very low starting points'.

'Induction is very thorough and prepares learners effectively for the different forms of assessment on their programmes'.


In addition Inspectors have recommended three areas of our work for good practice reports.

To view the full inspection report please use the link below